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Friday, August 1, 2008

Graduating Early For Homeschoolers: Good Idea Or Not?

This was a topic that was brought up, on one of my homeschool groups. It got me thinking, what will we do, when my children are old enough to consider it. Here in Floria, Homeschool children, dont have to earn a certain number of credits to graduate. Matter of fact, they dont regulated what you teach, or dont teach your children at all. You must show that your child, is showing progression, though. The question, posted was, if your child is say 15 or even 16, and has met the requirements for graduation, would you let them graduate, and move to college. I am not really sure how they came to the conclusion, that all high school requirements had been met, when there arent any for homeschooled children. At any rate, the basic question, of graduating early, would depend for me. I personally think 15 or 16, is way too young to go off to college, especially away from home or living on campus. If they wanted to take college level courses, at a Community College, and still be at home, that would be a good idea, and great option. If they wanted to work, and get experience in a certain field, before deciding what major to take in college, that would be another great option. Just graduating High School, though and moving off on their own, to a full time college life, would not work for me at age 15 or 16, matter of fact I am not so sure about 17. So what do you think about this subject? Would you let your 15 or 16 year old, go off to college, on their own. If yes, why? If no, why?


TMinut said...

No, never, not a chance. A child can be smart, have opportunity others don't have, all that but that doesn't make for maturity. From what I hear about colleges, it's not a good place for those old enough either in a lot of ways.

melissa said...

Thank you for your thoughts, and I agree, college is hard enough for an 18 yr old.

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